COLUMBUS – Curt Tomasevicz will be glued to the tube watching the athletes he helped select for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Bobsled Team to compete in the PyeongChang, South Korea, in the days ahead.
“It’s fun to know I helped select athletes as a member of the selection committee,” said Tomasevicz, a native of Shelby who first competed in the 2006 games in Turin, Italy, finishing sixth in the four-man bobsled.
Tomasevicz participated in the selection process during a trip to Switzerland early this year.
Tomasevicz took home the gold medal from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and earned bronze at the Sochi Games in 2014.
“I’ll be watching,” said the University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineering instructor, adding that the competition at the games will be pretty tough, but the Americans will be in medal contention.
The former Cornhusker football player earned doctorate in biological system engineering from UNL in December.
Each of the men’s bobsled competitions consist of four heats.
The two-man bobsled competition begins Sunday with two preliminary runs at 7:05 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. The medal heats begin at 5:15 a.m. the next day, on Feb. 19.
The four-man bobsled begins the following weekend, Feb. 24-25, with four heats during the two-day period as the Winter Games near an end.
“They’re only a few hours before the closing ceremony,” Tomasevicz said.
The former walk-on to the NU football team knows the Americans have much to overcome when competing against nations that boast athletes that have been racing down bobsled tracks since childhood.
“We’re a developing (bobsled) program,” said Tomasevicz, adding the United States’ competitors typically don’t get involved in bobsledding until the post-collegiate years.
Team members are limited by facilities that include only two tracks in the nation, located in Lake Placid, New York, and Park City, Utah, both sites of previous Winter Games.